FX9 First Impressions

Filmmakers share their thoughts on new full-frame camcorder

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A few days before FX9’s official launch at IBC 2019, Sony invited eight of Europe’s best filmmakers to a secure studio location. Their task was to shoot with what were then the only functional FX9 cameras in the world and put key features to the test in real-world scenarios.

The filmmakers’ first reactions to FX9 wouldn’t be based on marketing info or product specifications, but shooting with the FX9 just as they would in a normal shoot.

Each filmmaker was given complete freedom to shoot in the way they felt was best and at the end of the day we recorded their reactions.

Alexandru Don shot amazing footage to explore the narrow depth of field made possible with the FX9’s full-frame sensor. Philip Bloom was so impressed by the FX9’s Electronic Variable ND Filter that he felt “every camera in the world” should have it. Uli Mors also praised the electronic VND system and particularly enjoyed how easy and practical it was to use:


"I would call [FX9] an FS7 on steroids and it's the FS7 of 2019, 2020 and beyond."

Nino Leitner

Stéphane Couchoud tested Dual Base IO in low light and felt the amount of information was “fantastic.” Pol Torrents also looked into dynamic range and sensitivity, and the way Dual Base ISO gave him creative flexibility. Emmanuel Pampuri shot portrait video to test S-Cinetone™ color science: “the skin tones are perfectly right.” Paolo Sodi’s footage tested high-speed auto focus performance: “[It’s] very fast, especially if it is used with the face recognition mode.”